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07-14-2019 07:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw resawing walnut


I’ve got a really nice piece of satin walnut – it’s an 8ft x 10inch wide run. Thing is it’s just under 2inches thick and for my purposes – I’d prefer it to be a 3/4 inch thick – so ideally I’d like to resaw it. I’ve never attempted resawing on a bandsaw, the woodshop I’m a member of has one. I’d never try and saw an 8ft run but I do need 3 ft lengths – which may be too long to try also. Any advice? I could also try and find a mill in my area and ask if they’ll resaw, but I have no idea what that will cost me.


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#1 posted 07-14-2019 11:17 AM

youtube resaw. Some very good videos. 3ft is a bit easier that 8ft for sure. Someone at your woodshop might be able to help.

-- Petey

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#2 posted 07-14-2019 12:29 PM

Its not that difficult you should run the widest blade you can on your band saw.
3 teeth per inch is what I use and set your fence to just under an inch.
Set your top guide say a 1/2 inch from the top of the wood.
The whole 8 feet can be resawn if you have someone catch the back.
Go at a steady pace and you will be done in no time.

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#3 posted 07-14-2019 01:47 PM

I’d also suggest that your walnut board should not be the first one you try to resaw. +1 on looking for instruction via video but practice on a few other boards to get a feel for what you need to do.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#4 posted 07-14-2019 02:50 PM

Absolutely do some practice on cheap wood. It takes skill and setup to do correctly.

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#5 posted 07-15-2019 12:54 PM

Pay attention to what blade is on the band saw that you are going to use. If you can, use no more than a 3 tooth and the wider the better.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#6 posted 07-15-2019 02:24 PM

Great advise here, find a practice board 1st.
And 8’ or 3’, having a helper to catch will help.
If you only need 3’, I would rough cut to the shorter pieces. And it can be helpful to find center and score it on a table saw. Gives you a good guide line to follow as you resaw.
How good is the band saw you are using? Will it handle a 10” cut?
If saw is weak, or not set up well, you can get 6” of resaw on a good table saw, by flipping the board end for end. I do 1” or so cuts at a time till I get the 3” depth. then you got 4” in the center of the board to finish on the band saw.

-- John

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#7 posted 07-15-2019 06:40 PM

having a helper to catch will help.
- bigJohninvegas

I don’t like using a helper when cutting wood. A helper in past experience wants to guide or correct the path which can cause the cut to go awry. That is when I set up a fixture so that I and I alone control the cut.

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#8 posted 07-15-2019 07:41 PM

having a helper to catch will help.
- bigJohninvegas That is when I set up a fixture so that I and I alone control the cut.

- MrRon

Yes, jig, platform, rollers, whatever you need, because at the end of the day if it goes through and it’s a bumpy ride you will get a crap resaw. Must have the correct blade, correct set up, and even still things can go wrong if the path through the blade isn’t an easy one. 2” thick, 10” wide, even at 3’ is a chunk of wood. Enough that some Men would tremble trying to lift, and move it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 07-15-2019 08:59 PM

If you only need 3’ lengths then definitely do that and practice on some scrap wood of the same density.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#10 posted 07-17-2019 09:49 AM

I resaw cedar and maple and some oak. I find the most important things are a tall resaw fence and a new sharp blade. I use a 1/2” blade myself.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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